So guess at which positions coaches have lined up the freshman from Marist School in Atlanta so far this preseason?
“Everything,” Hardin said. “As of right now, left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, right tackle. I’m playing a little bit of everything.”
Hardin’s main focus has been getting reps at left tackle, but coaches have talked to him about center down the road.
The 6-foot-6 Hardin says he’s now at “about 290ish,” depending on the toll the heat and practice schedule has on him.” He’s been told he could be up to 310 as his career progresses.
“With the frame that I have, they think I can carry weight pretty well,” said Hardin, a redshirt candidate. “Unfortunately, I’m a little behind right now and I’m not necessarily too happy about it, but it’s a process. I have a long time to put on some good weight and I definitely think I can achieve that.”
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Rodrigo Blankenship, the preferred walk-on from Sprayberry, on his competition with Marshall Morgan for the kickoff job: “It’s just going to be whoever the coaches think is going to be the best guy hitting the ball the furthest, whoever is hitting the ball the highest and can put it in the right spots to try to eliminate returns,” he said.
Wide receiver Terry Godwin didn’t join the other freshmen offensive players to meet the media on Thursday. Georgia said he wasn’t available because he was still in a non-contact jersey due to his shoulder injury.